Gerson Friedenheit

Gerson Friedenheit (1833 - 1920)

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Gerson Friedenheit
Born in Orbach, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Cincinnati, Ohiomap
Descendants descendants
Died in New York, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Feb 2014
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Categories: Global Family Reunion | St. Joseph, Missouri | New York, New York.


From Ann Sunstein:

Gerson came from Germany as a young man and worked in stores (not unlike his future son-in-law, Morris). He later brought his widowed mother over. Gerson was considered very handsome, as well as a good family man.

Though never wealthy, one son, Isaac, became a member of the Jewish Harmonic Club.

From Annie Jacobs:

According to one story, Gerson Friedenheit was an only son. His father, who sold cattle, died when Gerson was an infant. Gerson's mother appears in a photograph with Gerson and ten of his children. When Gerson arrived in U.S.A., about 1845, he was asked by immigration authorities to state his surname. In Europe surnames were not used. Gerson replied, "Es ist mir zu frieden." (loose translation, it's all the same to me. Note that "frieden" mean peace, or I'd be at peace with any name). Friedenheit, state of being at peace. Gerson brought his mother to the United States. She died in 1888, and lived with Gerson until her death. Gerson became a United States citizen in 1857. In 1865 he moved to N.Y.C. from St. Joseph, MO. Gerson had an aolder brother. Gerson and Fannie were married in Cincinnati on February 16, 1859. It was teh second marriage in teh reformed temple performed by Rabbi Wise. They moved to St. Joseph in a covered wagon. Their four oldest children were born in St. Joseph and the youngest ten at 23 West 96th St., N.Y.C.


  • "Married Sixty Years." The New York Herald, February 18, 1919.
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1880; Census Place: New York City, New York, New York; Roll: 893; Family History Film: 1254893; Page: 454C; Enumeration District: 561; Image: 0911.
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1910; Census Place: Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York; Roll: T624_1023; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0593; FHL microfilm: 1375036.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 08; Assembly District: 17; City: New York; County: New York; Page: 05.
  • Annie Jacobs' research dated November 6, 1998.

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Married Sixty Years - Mr. and Mrs. Gerson Friedenheit - The New York Herald
Married Sixty Years - Mr. and Mrs. Gerson Friedenheit - The New York Herald

Fannie and Gerson, possibly wedding photo
Fannie and Gerson, possibly wedding photo

Gerson Friedenheit Image 3
Gerson Friedenheit Image 3

Gerson and Fannie on their 60th Wedding Anniversary
Gerson and Fannie on their 60th Wedding Anniversary

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